CULTURE, LIFE, THE ARTS

Solitude in the Crowd: the Journey into Iftar

Solitude in the Crowd: the Journey into Iftar Photo Essay by Ushbah Al-Ain This is a collection of photographs I have taken over the last six years, chronicling moments leading into Iftar during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar is the opening meal after a dry fast at sunset, upon the call of the fourth obligatory daily prayer […]

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CULTURE, LITERATURE, POETRY & PROSE

Frankly, my dear, I do give a damn

This honest review of Hazem Fahmy’s Waiting for Frank Ocean in Cairo was in exchange for an Advance Reading Copy provided to the author by Half Mystic Press. . . . In the spirit of full confession, that unsolicited offering that often makes for great poetry, I had never listened to Frank Ocean before I […]

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CULTURE, OPINION, POLITICS, WORLD ISSUES

Sri Lanka in Crisis – Here’s How You Can Help

Featured images by Manula Jayawardhana Sri Lanka is currently in a state of economic crisis due to the corrupt leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. A series of protests have occurred in the island nation’s capital of Colombo, and throughout the country, in direct response to this corruption and economic mismanagement.  According to Colombo local Vinod […]

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CULTURE, FOOD & NUTRITION, LIFE

Once My Enemy, Now My Love

Featured Illustration: Ekaterina Kapranova During my elementary and middle school years, I dreaded lunch period because I was embarrassed to open up the stainless steel thermos my mom bought me from Target that was stuffed with Kebob or other Persian foods like Ghormeh Sabzi. I’d stare at the Uncrustable peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit […]

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